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Team Lawmakers players, from left, Brad Dayspring, John Goodwin and Sen. John Kerry during the 4th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington in this March 4, 2012 file photo.

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Team Lawmakers players, from left, Brad Dayspring, John Goodwin and Sen. John Kerry during the 4th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington in this March 4, 2012 file photo.

Hockey Day for Puckish Lawmakers

On Capitol Hill, there’s a day and a caucus for everything. Today is Hockey Day on the Hill, organized by the Congressional Hockey Caucus and the National Hockey League. Avowed hockey enthusiast John Kerry had his hands full in Ukraine,...

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George Norcross III, left, and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the State House in Trenton, N.J., on June 10, 2013.

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George Norcross III, left, and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the State House in Trenton, N.J., on June 10, 2013.

Norcross to Christie: Let’s Talk Bridge-Closing Power

George Norcross, Democratic kingmaker in New Jersey and frequent collaborator with embattled Gov. Chris Christie, texted the Republican to rub it in as his beloved Dallas Cowboys melted down this season. He watched as Christie wracked up an impressive 22...

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

Obama Library: $100 Mln Proposed by Illinois Speaker Madigan

Even before his announcement yesterday, Mike Madigan was likely to get an invitation to the opening ceremony for Barack Obama’s presidential library, whenever and wherever that happens. Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House and chairman of the Democratic Party in...

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U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Feb. 11, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Feb. 11, 2014.

Obama to Donors: ‘We Get a Little Sleepy’ in the Midterms

For the president to close down a lengthy stretch of the George Washington Parkway in Virginia during evening rush hour, it must be really important, right? Well, it’s important to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, for sure. It was their...

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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a 'Conversation with the Candidates', on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a 'Conversation with the Candidates', on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

Florida’s Open Seat: $10 Million-Plus

The price tag for a vacant congressional seat in Florida’s Tampa Bay area? At least $10 million, if we add what the two nominees in the March 11 special election have raised to what their allies already have spent. Democrat...

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Delegates visit the AT&T booth at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012.

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Delegates visit the AT&T booth at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012.

January: When Companies Donate To Both Political Parties

Many companies make campaign contributions to both political parties, sometimes on the same day. At a time of divided government, the companies want to curry favor with Democratic and Republican lawmakers whose actions affect the firms’ bottom line. There’s also...

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